It feels somewhat poetic that Colby “Chaos” Covington will have to return to Brazil for the opportunity to earn the UFC belt that he covets so much.
Covington (13-1-0) will face Rafael Dos Anjos (28-9-0) for the interim welterweight championship at UFC 224 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, as confirmed by MMAFighting. The fight is expected to be made official by the UFC later this week.
30-year-old Covington’s last visit to Brazil was steeped in controversy after “Chaos” lived up to his name, referring to the Brazilian fans as “filthy animals” in his in octagon interview following a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119.
“Brazil, you’re a dump!” Covington said during his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier. “All you filthy animals suck. I’ve got one thing to say: Tyron Woodley, I’m coming for you. If you don’t answer the front door, I’m going to knock it in and I’m going to take what’s mine, that welterweight belt!”
Speaking to MMAFighting, Covington explained his feelings on fighting for the interim title.
“You can call it an interim, but everyone knows Woodley ain’t coming back when they put that belt around my waist,” Covington said, “and they are paying me like it’s a title fight.”
Since beating Maia in October 2017, Covington has campaigned relentlessly for a shot at reigning champion Woodley. Woodley however, has brushed off all of these attempts to bait him into agreeing to a fight. Incidentally, Woodley is still in recovery following shoulder surgery and isn’t expected to return to action until July.
When asked by MMA fighting if he had any concerns for his safety in Brazil following the controversy surrounding his last visit, Covington didn’t seem concerned.
“UFC has guaranteed my safety. Only security concern is gonna be when they lock RDA up and he has to stand across the cage from 170 pounds of raw American steel and sex appeal.
May 12, I put all the super villains that you nerds read about in your comic books to shame,” Covington added. “I’m taking over the world and RDA sure as hell can’t stop me.”
Former lightweight champion Dos Anjos holds a three fight win streak since moving up to welterweight with wins over Tarrec Saffiedine, Neil Magny and most recently earning a unanimous decision victory over Robbie Lawler in December 2017.
The 33-year-old Brazilian would have been the next in line for a shot at welterweight champion Tyron Woodley but instead, finds himself with one more obstacle to clear in his quest to become a two weight UFC champion.
UFC 224 takes place on May 12th and will be headlined by a womens bantamweight title fight between reigning champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Raquel Pennington. The card also features a battle between middleweight contenders Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum, a strawweight contest between Mackenzie Dern and Amanda Cooper as well as a match up between Brazilian UFC legends Vitor Belfort and Shogun Rua.